The final two clues: X on the Map
Continued from I've done it Tired and Now I am Weak.
We have stuck out (SO) from the eye to the weak of the sword and showed how this seemingly benign line contained two instructions. An interesting pattern, the final stanza also starts with "SO" so we must "strike out" again. What is the symbol of a strike in bowling (treasures bold)? Yes an "X" and all good treasure hunts have an X on the map to mark the treasure. The X is the only letter missing in the poem telling us we need to find/create it. So "hear me all and listen good," this is similar to the town crier, "hear ye hear ye" as he rang the bell. So we need to return to the bell. The bell in the floating hat.
It also suggest we listen to the next line really well. "Your effort will be worth the cold." This is the time to use our map from the tarry scant which contains the states of Montana and Wyoming. This is time to read the line like a riddle, like a puzzle, and like a treasure hunt should read. So what is cold? Canada is cold as it is universally known to be cold. The cold starts at the 49th parallel on this map for sure, but we need a specific direction. If we listen to the word "effort" it sounds (listen good) like F-fort and thus we need to look on our map to find an F-fort that is cold. The coldest place in the US is also known as the icebox of the USA and is located at International Falls. This is interesting because the whole poem, begs water his is a water fall, but because this is a treasure hunt the water fall can be at the obvious location. This is a US Canadian border town and on the other side of the river (border) is the sister town of Fort Frances (F-Fort). We've located the coldest spot in the USA on the map, but we need a specific place and we need to look at the next hint and that is "brave and in the wood." The poem contains the word "brave" and "home" and "home of the brave" is the USA, thus this border town suggests we are on the right track, but we are told to be brave and in the wood" thus both have to be satisfied. Near International Falls right where the Canadian border ends on the 49th parallel is Lake of the Woods. The poem tells us to go in the (Lake of) the Woods along the home of the brave border. This is the end of clue 8. Yet, we need to solve clue 9. "I give you title to the gold," oh and we return from our look quickly down and consider "your quest to cease." As I have said before, quest is related to King Arthur as the sword on the stone on this map confirms. The last clue has to confirm and provide the final clue answer. The word "title" is not to the gold, but rather a noble title and in this case the noble title is "king." We are instructed to go to the King (as hinted by "been wise or the wise men/ 3 Kings) and if we follow the Canadian/USA 49th parallel to the end of our map, we find two kings, one at the Idaho border port crossing (beside the Montana state border) called "Kingsgate" and the most northwest town in Montana near the Canadian border is Rexford. Rex is means "king," and we know the importance of ford. By travelling from Lake of the Woods to Kingsgate, we complete the strike and the X on the map. This line is clearly displayed on the scant map with the 49th parallel and the marked by the fault line in the scant. Next I will reveal the final star.
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